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jeffh25No snakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

jeffh25

Highpoint #5, "summited" around 3pm. Very windy but no snakes. You can see the den maybe 30 ft away from the marker but none came out to play. Maybe it was too windy.
Posted Feb 10, 2009 1:00 pm

RedwicMud Central!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2008

Redwic

Living half the country away, it's difficult to pinpoint weather conditions in advance; you hope for the best, and work with the conditions as best you can. My wife accompanied me to White Butte a couple hours before sunset, but unfortunately there was a major storm which hit that morning and another major one approaching while we were there (so we had little time to "hang out"). The ground and slopes were slick!!! We were covered in that milky gray-white mud, which is like cement, and we could have glissaded down the slippery slopes if we wanted to. No rattlesnakes, but TONS of pheasants, rabbits, quails, and field mice... and even one badger (which was pretty cool to see).
Posted May 26, 2008 5:33 pm

jimeganWHITE BUTTE  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2004

jimegan

THOUGHT I MIGHT GET STUCK IN THE RUTS WITH MY STERLING SEDAN. MET THE OWNER AND HIS SON WHO DROVE UP IN A PICKUP AND ASKED ME TO LEAVE A DONATION IN THE MAILBOX. NO SNAKES SEEN. THIS PLACE IS A LONG WAY FROM MOST ANYWHERE, INCLUDING LAS VEGAS
Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:40 pm

eric-grizThe $20 Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2002

eric-griz

As we drove to the house at the trailhead, a yappy little dog greeted us, followed by an old woman with 2 teeth. The twenty dollar donations she solicited from highpointers obviously did not go towards her dental care fund.
Posted Nov 9, 2007 9:05 pm

weeds19Heading East  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2004

weeds19

Unfortunately I was forced to move from Utah to Ohio for a year and a half, but at least I was able to climb a few fun mountains on the way east.
Posted Sep 27, 2007 12:44 am

ZandtHot day, decent little hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

Zandt

Really hot, sunny day...good short hike, though. Lost my footing on the way down and nearly face-planted in the chalky dust. No snakes.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 12:23 pm

TLPNot as it seems  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2007

TLP

Somewhere I read that you can drive to the old farmhouse. What?? No way you can drive to that. It's like two old dirt tire tracks with grass in the middle that hasn't been cut in ten years. It looks like the owners of the house don't live there. I put a $7 donation in their mailbox. I couldn't open the gate, so I just jumped it. Also nowhere did it say that you cross the fence later on in the hike, though you just step over it. I was all paranoid about the rattlesnakes, especially with that high grass, but didn't come across any. It was windy on the top. Hot as well.
Posted Jul 23, 2007 5:30 pm

Holsti97White Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

Holsti97

Reached the farm at 9:00 PM. Looks like nobody lives in the house anymore. Dashed to the top right before dark. Hiked with my wife and sons Ryan and Brett. Hike took about 1 hour roundtrip. Forgot my headlamp in the car, but had no trouble finding our way back in the dark. Did not see any rattlesnakes as mentioned in the Highpoint guidebooks. We viewed many pronghorns, rabbits, deer, a skunk, pheasants, and a coyote. Left donation and thank you note in the mailbox. HP #23.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 12:38 am

The edgeHP #15  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2002

The edge

Nice path to the top;
The white sand dunes were simply gorgeous...
We brought gaiters and ice axes for the rattle snakes...
We could hear them in the distance...
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:17 pm

JohnMcPikeForgot film  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2003

JohnMcPike

Got half way up the butte when my film in camera was used up and realized I left film back in the truck. So this is the only state highpoint without a picture of us on the summit.
Perfect weather for a short hike.
Posted Dec 6, 2006 4:44 am

surgentMet Ms Van Daele  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2002

surgent

Three days after a 4-day Granite Peak (MT) climb, I was here to visit the ND apex. Met the late Ms. Van Daele and paid my $20. Hike was no trouble but on the way down I slipped and covered myself in that milky, silty, chalky mud. Clothes were shot and I spent 20 minutes at a bathroom on the interstate trying to wash the crud off my skin. Like cement.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 8:10 pm

mad maximusDeep snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2006

mad maximus

A couple feet of snow dumped on the dakotas just before we climbed. The road leading to the trailhead had 2 feet. We ended up snowshoeing from the car to the trailhead then to the base of the monster! ;)
It was just above zero and sunny. Nice day to hike through waist deep snow.
Posted Jun 16, 2006 5:02 am

Tracynice 45-minute hike - not so nice mud - spent 4 hours getting unstuck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

Tracy

I picked a good day to hike this one, but a bad day to drive all the way to the end of the two-track trail. The day of the hike was sunny/partly cloudy with a good breeze, but it had rained alot the previous night or day and after the hike my four wheel drive Chevy Trailblazer (a rental) got stuck while I was turning around at the trailhead. If it is wet, avoid driving through the puddles!
Posted May 1, 2006 12:27 am

Tie-Dye MikeThanks to this site  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2005

Tie-Dye Mike

I printed the exact front page, and had no problem achieving the HP. Had incredible wind, 50+ mph! But, a beautiful climb in May, and was my first HP.
Posted Apr 8, 2006 10:08 pm

nogginGetting lost in a field  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2005

noggin

This day was so foggy that I couldn't see the butte from where I parked. I got lost walking towards (what I thought was) the butte. Once I was on top I couldn't see farther tahn 30 yds to know if I had actually reached the top. I didn't realize how much you rely of being able to look up and see the top to guide you in many situations. There are so many "ruts" on top that simply following the trail didn't work for me.
Posted Mar 7, 2006 1:18 am

woodstriderRoute Climbed: from the old farmstead Date Climbed: Sept. 4, 2005  Sucess!

woodstrider

Well, I followed the excellent directions from this very website and easily found the top of the high point of N.D. But I did get lost trying to find my way out and accidently drove down several farm roads that dead ended or went on forever through wheat fields. Finally I met another driver on a road who couldn't find the "trail head". I was able to show him the way and in so doing I found the way out.

It was a lovely wind-swept top of the state. Thanks to the owners for allowing acess.
Posted Sep 8, 2005 7:36 pm

starship_jenDate Climbed: June 2, 2005  Sucess!

starship_jen

Very windy but nice views with bold green grasses blowing in the wind. Heard what sounded like rattlesnakes but never saw one (thank goodness). Very isolated peak.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:36 pm

IlafanDate Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

Ilafan

This one was nice once I got to the top. Otherwise, it caused me some anxiety. First, I couldn't find it. Then the $20 (which, in retrospect, was worth it). Then the wind. Then my car got stuck in the white mud. Finally, I fear snakes. Especially poisonous ones! Still, the view was good, the isolation was interesting, and the sense of accomplishment is ever-present when highpointing.
Posted Apr 3, 2005 5:18 pm

PikesPeak14110Route Climbed: North Slopes Route Date Climbed: 6-5-04  Sucess!
Very Windy, Rainy day, my cousin was with me and my dad, my cousin's 1st, my 5th
Posted Mar 7, 2005 9:24 pm

Steve GruhnDate Climbed: June 25, 2001  Sucess!
Shiort hike, but I had to pay $20 for the privilege. That was steep (the price, not the hike), but I paid it.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 5:36 pm

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